Dr. Cathy Kemper-Pelle currently serves as the president and CEO of Rogue Community College (RCC), where she became the college’s sixth president in 2016. RCC joined Achieving the Dream and Oregon Guided Pathways in 2018, paving the way for transformational change focused on student success.
Under Dr. Kemper-Pelle’s leadership, RCC has created and staffed an institutional research office that provides proactive data support for student success work with ATD Teaching and Learning Capacity Building, ATD Holistic Student Supports, Oregon Guided Pathways, Latinx Outreach, Pathways to Opportunity/SNAP Training and Employment Program, GED Concurrent Enrollment Program, strategic planning, facilities and IT planning, and much more.
Dr. Kemper-Pelle was recognized in 2019 by Rogue Workforce Partnership as a Workforce Champion and by Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. for co-creation of the Southern Oregon Higher Education Consortium. RCC was a Bellwether Award finalist in 2019 and 2021 for achievements in Workforce Education.
Dr. Kemper-Pelle is also a professor of practice in the John E. Roueche Center for Community College Leadership at Kansas State University and an active member of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship.